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‘Jocko’ Saltus Remembered at Mansion Clam House

By James Lomuscio

They came in droves to the Mansion Clam House in Westport’s Saugatuck section today to remember and pay tribute to local restaurateur Donald “Jocko” Saltus III, 53, who died in Stonington last week after a brief illness.WestportNow.com Image
Friends and family of Jocko Saltus gathered at the Mansion Clam House in Westport’s Saugatuck area to remember him. Saltus owned the restaurant from 1987 to 2005. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Soltus, who in 1987 had bought and put his signature on the Mansion, a Westport mainstay since the 1950s, was remembered as gregarious, friendly and someone with a great sense of humor by friends, family and other Westport restaurateurs.

He sold the Mansion in 2005 to open Tavern on Main, which he later sold before moving to Stonington.

“His biggest love was the Mansion,” said Matt Saltus, his brother.

Green WACky Fun


The Westport Arts Center hosted “WACky Family Day Goes Green” today. As usual, it offered opportunities for children and families to make art in a creative community environment. WAC partnered with Green Village Initiative GVI AND Melissa & Doug to offer environmentally aware projects. WAC was filled laughing happy families together creating fun creations. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Sunday, July 31, 2011


10 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Saugatuck Congregational Church (245 Post Road East) – Sunday Farmers Market
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Christie’s Country Store (161 Cross Highway) – Farmers Market
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Family Y Mahackeno Outdoor Center – Summer Sunday
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – Christo and Jeanne-Claude Exhibition
2 p.m. – Sherwood Island Nature Center – A Place Called Hope “Live Birds of Prey” program
7 p.m. – Levitt Pavilion – Michael Coppola Trio and the Young Lions

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Gas House Gorillas at Levitt

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A large crowd converged on Westport’s Levitt Pavilion tonight to hear the Gas House Gorillas, a New York City-based rhythm and blues band, led by vocalist Rick Fink who is also the songwriter. Fink describes the band’s music as “specializing in jump blues in the style of Louis Jordan and Wynonie Harris, with a dash of rockabilly.” He said he gets upset when the band’s music is referred to as a “swing band.” Pictured (l-r) are: Dean Shot (guitar), Rick Fink (vocals), Noel Sagerman (drums), Jerry Scaringe (bass) and Jim Davis (sax). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Branch Down on North Avenue

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Friday’s heavy rain and strong winds may have contributed to the weakening of a large tree branch that fell across one lane in front of 19 North Ave., near Long Lots Road today. Police Officer Craig Bergamo used an ax to cut the fallen branch to help get it ready to be cleared from the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

CT Challenge Raises $1.057 Million

More than 1,100 cyclists participated today in the seventh annual CT Challenge bike ride and raised $1,057,000 for cancer survivors, organizers said.

The cyclists gathered at Westport’s Fairfield County Hunt Club for the event which had riders registered for courses of 10, 25, 50, 75, or 100 miles.

“We want to thank all of the riders and volunteers from across Connecticut and across the country who joined us to ride in support of cancer survivors, making it a truly great statewide event and a great day for Connecticut,” said Bob Mazzone, the executive director of CT Challenge.

“There are now more survivorship programs in Connecticut than anywhere else in the U.S. today and we are proud to be providing support to many of them. The CT Challenge Bike Ride makes it all possible.”

Driver Uninjured in Greens Farms Crash

UPDATE An early morning crash involving a Range Rover traveling along Greens Farms Road between Clapboard Hill Road and Sherwood Island Lane left a Westport woman uninjured but with a charge of driving while intoxicated on her birthday, police and fire officials said.

Assistant Fire Chief Robert Kepchar said the vehicle veered off the road, crashing into a utility pole, splitting it in half, at about 12:15 a.m. The crash left it dangling, he said.

Police later identified the driver as Erika Horn Miller of 302 Compo Road South, who turned 38 today. She was charged with operating under the influence and failure to keep right and released on $500 bond for a Aug. 11 court date.

Police said an officer could smell alcohol on her breath and that she failed field sobriety tests. She was taken into custody and was found to have breath test alcohol level results of .1675 and .1627 which is over the legal limit of .08, according to police.

Staying Young at Heart

By Phyllis Groner

The documentary “Old Is ... ,” which choreographs what keeps older adults young and vibrant, proves that age is relative. The film drew more than 100 to the Westport Center for Senior Activities Friday, and most agreed the 40-year-old documentary’s theme is timeless.WestportNow.com Image
Tracy Sugarman (l) and Bill Buckley introduce their short documentary. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Created by local artist and author Tracy Sugarman and documentary film producer Bill Buckley, the film demonstrates that seniors who stay active lead longer, productive lives.

Local illustrator Howard Munce, who spoke on a panel following the film, offered proof. At 95, the Westport illustrator still draws and serves as a mentor to other artists, even setting up their exhibits.

“Westport is a great town for any artist,” said Munce, calling the Westport School Collection of 1,000 works “a marvelous thing that can’t be duplicated in any other town.”